American History


⭐ Meet Anna Malaika Tubbs, Author of ‘The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X & James Baldwin Shaped a Nation’ (Prince George’s Memorial Library) – VIRTUAL

      Much has been written about Berdis Baldwin’s son James (James Baldwin), about Alberta King’s son Martin Luther (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), and Louise Little’s son Malcolm (Malcolm X). But virtually nothing has been said about the extraordinary women who raised them. In her groundbreaking and essential […]


Pandemic Perspectives: Race and Place – Yellow Fever and the Free African Society in Philadelphia (Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Join curators and historians for an engaging series of panels offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed in the moderated dialogue. […]


⭐ The Three Reported Lynchings in Montgomery County (MCPL) – VIRTUAL

There are three documented cases of lynching in Montgomery County: George Peck, John Diggs-Dorsey and Sidney Randolph. Researcher Sarah Hedlund presents comprehensive narratives on these three cases. There are three documented cases of lynching in Montgomery County: George Peck and John Diggs-Dorsey in 1880 and Sidney Randolph in 1896. The […]


⭐ Meet Ijeoma Oluo, Author of ‘Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America’ (Free Library of Philadelphia) – VIRTUAL

Meet Ijeoma Oluo, Author of ‘Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America’ “A nuanced analysis of White male America” that “deftly combines history and sociological study with personal narrative” (Washington Post), Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race took a frank look at America’s institutionally racist political, economic, and […]


Inauguration Eve Special Event: Conversation with Kate Andersen Brower, Author/Journalist (Prince George’s County Memorial Library) – VIRTUAL

New York Times bestselling author Kate Andersen Brower discusses the presidency and presidential inaugurations for this special event. An expert in White House history and the presidency, her most recent books are “Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump” and children’s book “Exploring the White House: […]


Pandemic Perspectives: Mask Up! (Smithsonian National Museum of American History) – VIRTUAL

Join curators and historians for an engaging series of panels offering perspectives on the current pandemic. Panelists will virtually share objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how to better understand the present. Audience questions are encouraged and will be addressed in the moderated dialogue. […]


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture Featuring Eddie Glaude (Enoch Pratt Free Library) – VIRTUAL

Join us for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture featuring Eddie Glaude. Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In the story of [Author James] Baldwin’s crucible, Glaude suggests, we can find hope and guidance through our own after times, this Trumpian era of shattered promises and white […]


⭐ Meet Isabel Wilkerson, Author of ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’ (Prince George’s Memorial Library) – VIRTUAL

  Isabel Wilkerson discusses her critically acclaimed book, ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents‘. In this brilliant book, Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its […]